Tomorrow Chelsea will start their Fa Cup campaign facing Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant coach Gianfranco Zola explained the game will be another step in the process of improving as a team: “For this club, and also for us [this squad and staff], all competitions are important.” Zola told Chelsea official website. “We are trying to establish ourselves and we respect this competition very much so we are going to try to do well”.
Chelsea was held to a goalless draw by Southampton on Wednesday night and now Zola is aware tomorrow’s game can be similar to the Premier League‘s one. “Nowadays the teams come to Stamford Bridge and 90 per cent of the time they sit back in the last 40 metres, and bear in mind with that task it is not easy for anybody. In the past Barcelona had that problem, Bayern Munich, Man City, Liverpool, everybody suffers when there are no spaces up there”. the Blues assistant coach explained. “This is something we need to get used to, this is the big issue we have – for the amount of time we have the ball we do not create a lot of goal opportunities but we know this is part of the process. We are not a perfect team yet. We are going to sort it, I am sure. We have intelligent, quality players up front and the players are going to get used to it. They just need to adjust to the task.”